OUR UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL PRIORITIES
WILD ELEMENTS FOUNDATION IS ANSWERING THE CALL-TO-ACTION FROM THE UNITED NATIONS TO GALVANIZE AROUND THE SDGs TO CREATE A BETTER FUTURE WHERE ALLKIND CAN THRIVE
Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created as a “blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future”. The goal is to implement all 17 SDGs before 2030 — with less than a decade left to achieve this agenda, we believe that we all must come together to accelerate positive planetary change and invest in a future where allkind can thrive. Through our partners, grantees, and WILD Innovators, we are supporting innovative solutions that restore the balance between humanity and nature, and work towards achieving the following SDGs:
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HOW WE’RE ADVANCING OUR COMMITMENT
With each SDG that WILD ELEMENTS Foundation is committed to addressing, we fund and support innovative leaders and positive solutions on the frontlines of change.
Only .2% of philanthropic dollars go to women-led environmental action — WILD ELEMENTS Foundation believes that in order to secure a better future for our planet, we must shift power and resources to women.
- Foundation for a Slavery Free World: The health, safety, and security of women and girls is paramount to WILD ELEMENTS Foundation’s work — through a partnership with Wild Advocate Marisol Nichols, the foundation is supporting her work to fight for the rights of young girls and women by shining a light on modern day slavery and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States and on a global level.
- Gorongosa National Park’s Elephant Ecology Program: Through Gorongosa’s Elephant Ecology Program, the team is working to protect the park’s elephant population while simultaneously inspiring the next generation of women conservationists. The Elephant Ecology Program engages members of the Park’s Girls Clubs, created to keep girls in school and out of early marriage.
- Grevy’s Zebra Trust: Over 95% of Grevy’s Zebra are found outside of protected areas, coexisting with people in community lands, where they share pasture and water resources with livestock. Grevy’s Zebra Trust works with communities, particularly women, to foster goodwill in support of the survival of Grevy’s Zebra. Programs include education for girls and an employment program for women. The approach aims to increase the value people hold for the species, by ensuring people recognize the link between the survival of Grevy’s Zebra and the benefits the species bring.
- Women’s Earth Alliance: Women’s Earth Alliance is a 15-year global initiative that trains, resources and catalyzes grassroots women’s networks in some of the most environmentally threatened places in the world to protect our environment and build healthy, safe, and just communities.
The health of our ecosystems on land is a priority for the WILD ELEMENTS Foundation — due to deforestation and mass agriculture, animals have less land to live on and are moving towards more populated areas. This inevitably causes human-wildlife conflict. From conservation to soil health to understanding and mitigating human-wildlife conflict, we are investing in local partners dedicated to protecting the health of our land so that flora, fauna, funga, and humans can live in harmony.
- Centre for Wildlife Studies: The Ghats are home to 27 million people living alongside thousands of animal species. The Centre for Wildlife Studies works to provide conservation education to school children, expand public health and safety awareness (particularly around zoonotic diseases), and mitigate human wildlife conflict.
- Ewaso Lions: There are fewer than 2,500 lions in Kenya largely due to human-lion conflict, loss of prey, and large scale infrastructure projects. Ewaso Lions works in partnership with the Samburu community in Kenya to promote coexistence with lions and restore a sense of ownership over wildlife, their land, and conservation.
- Fungi Foundation: Fungi is critical to the health of soil and are the interconnectors of nature. The Fungi Foundation works to increase knowledge of their diversity, educate people on the role of fungi in ecosystems, and develop policy recommendations to conserve fungi.
- Hopefield Animal Sanctuary: The sanctuary cares for over 500 sick, unwanted and mistreated animals. Hopefield’s mission is to help animals in need and to educate the public about animal welfare and the prevention of cruelty and suffering among animals.
- Protect Medicinal Plants: Due to decades of legacy mining on Navajo Nation, the health of the soil and the plants grown in that ground are at risk of heavy metals contamination. Protect Medicinal Plants is developing research that will be instrumental in developing safety usage guidelines and risk assessments that can be used by traditional practitioners in indigenous communities around the world to ensure public safety.
- Proyecto Titi: Proyecto Titi works with rural communities to find mutually beneficial solutions that both support the local economy while also protecting Colombia’s biodiversity, including the critically endangered cotton-top tamarins and their forest home. The organization’s forest reforestation project works with local landowners and farmers — in exchange, farmers receive training in environmentally friendly agricultural practices.
- Wildlife Conservation Network: Wildlife Conservation Network protects endangered wildlife by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.
The WILD ELEMENTS Foundation supports good health and wellbeing through the lens of food — challenging the way that we think about food access, understanding nutrition, and finding new ways to grow food that are better for our health and the health of the planet.
- Farm Urban: Farm Urban, a pioneer in hydroponic urban farming in Liverpool, is building a community led-approach to food justice. In addition to its community and school delivery of fresh living greens, the organization works with local schools to deploy hydroponic and aquaponic educational programs aimed at inspiring young people to reimagine urban sustainable food systems.
- Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute supports and advocates for regenerative organic farming. Rodale’s Organic Crop Consultancy program is working to transition farmers to using all regenerative organic agriculture practices to improve soil health and increase carbon capture.
- Urban Growers Collective: Urban Growers Collective, predominantly located on Chicago’s South Side, operates 8 urban farms on 11 acres of land. Their approach uses urban agriculture as a tool and method to address the inequities and structural racism that exist through the food system and in communities of color.
- Youth Climate Save: Youth Climate Save is the first youth-led environmental organization that focuses on animal agriculture’s impact on climate change. The organization works to educate the public on how moving towards a plant-based diet can have a positive impact on the planet.
We believe that individual and collective action with people at the center are essential in protecting the health of our planet. WILD ELEMENTS Foundation supports initiatives that educate, raise awareness, and champion changes that can be made on an individual level and a systemic level.
- NRDC: NRDC fights for every person's right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy community. Through its Rewrite the Future initiative, NRDC enlists the power of storytelling to shape a new cultural narrative about climate to inspire people to take action.
- One Earth: One Earth is working to accelerate collective action to limit global average temperature rise. With a focus on renewable energy, protection and restoration of land and sea habitats, and regenerative agriculture, One Earth is scaling philanthropic capital and driving resources to frontline leaders implementing climate change solutions.
- World Wildlife Fund: WWF’s work has evolved from saving species and landscapes to addressing the larger global threats and forces that impact them. Its new strategy puts people at the center and organizes our work around six key areas: forests, marine, freshwater, wildlife, food and climate. WWF works to educate and influence people into making sustainable choices and decisions, including those who work in business and make decisions around the use of natural resources, and those who work in government and set policy that impacts nature.
While we often cannot see life below water — the oceans are essential to human life. They create oxygen, are a major food source, employ millions, and help regulate the climate. The ocean is also one of Earth’s biggest carbon sinks with the ability to sequester large amounts of carbon and draw it down from the atmosphere. WILD ELEMENTS Foundation is committed to protecting the health of our oceans to promote biodiversity, decrease pollution, and restore habitats.
- Operation Posidonia: Restoration of endangered Posidonia coastal habitats in Australia and protecting against local extinction of this ecological community. This work is contributing to increased biodiversity, healthier marine communities, enhanced protection against erosion, and increased carbon sequestration.
We believe that sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources is deeply important — through our conscious community, we are working to shine a light on individual actions to create more sustainable lifestyles.
- The Recycling Partnership: As the leading, national force for improving recycling, The Recycling Partnership puts private dollars to work in communities to protect resources, empower sustainable action, and develop infrastructure to enhance circular systems.